Marmalade theft and reporting a murder on Emmerdale among bizarre calls made to 999 revealed by police force

'Hello, police, there's been a murder – on Emmerdale!' Force reveals most bizarre 999 callsOther examples include a dog following a woman into her house and a chicken walking down a roadGreater Manchester Police receive an average 1,371 calls each day | UPDATED: 19:15 GMT, 27 December 2012 Reports of a marmalade theft and a chicken walking down a road are some of the hoax calls that one police force has received. Greater Manchester Police (GMP) has released audio recordings of the calls in the run-up to New Year's Eve in an effort to encourage people not to abuse the emergency 999 number

Facebook and Twitter crime sees eight-fold increase as police deal with 5,000 cases involving websites

5,000 people investigated by police for something they said on Facebook or Twitter as 'social network crime' soars 800% Crimes include posting menacing messages, and sexual offences such as grooming In 2008 there were just 556 reports of crimes; last year there were 4,908In 2011, 653 people were charged for crimes involving Facebook and Twitter Police: 'Officers should only respond to complaints that cause genuine harm' | UPDATED: 22:26 GMT, 27 December 2012 Reports of crimes involving Facebook and Twitter – such as posting abusive messages, grooming and complaints of stalking – have increased eight-fold in four years.

Helen McGlone: 2m for victim of cancer unable to have children

2m for victim of cancer unable to have children… but she wants even more following two botched smear tests by health board Helen McGlone had two smear tests but pre-cancerous cells not spotted The 33-year-old was forced to have a hysterectomy when it was discovered She sued for 20million for loss of earnings but was awarded 2million Lord Bannatyne rejected her claim at Edinburgh Court of Session Her lawyer said she is considering appealing the award | UPDATED: 21:13 GMT, 15 December 2012 Disappointed: Dr Helen McGlore, at Edinburgh Court of Session, sued for 20million after two smear tests failed to spot pre-cancerous cells A woman left unable to have children after a health board failed to spot her cancer has been awarded more than 2million in damages. Helen McGlone, 33, claimed medical negligence ended her prospects of a high-flying career in the financial sector and will force her to use a surrogate mother to have children.

Major health alert after 7,000 children"s face painting sets containing poisonous lead sold to British shops

Major health alert after 7,000 children's face painting sets containing poisonous lead sold to British shopsFace painting sets from factory in China could cause brain damageOnly 324 of the party sets have so far been recoveredCompany boss Joel Cope, 39, from Salford, is ordered to pay 15,000 at Manchester Magistrates Court | UPDATED: 17:09 GMT, 14 December 2012 Parents are being warned not to buy face painting sets for their children without checking them after thousands were found to contain lead.

Jacintha Saldanha"s death: Who does Keith Vaz think he is, Tony Soprano?

Who does Keith Vaz think he is, Tony Soprano | UPDATED: 09:23 GMT, 14 December 2012 The nurse at the centre of the Kate Middleton phone hoax scandal was found hanged, an inquest heard yesterday. Investigators are examining three letters she left behind, as well as emails and telephone records, but they are satisfied that Jacintha Saldanha’s death was not ‘suspicious’

We HAVE to build on the countryside to solve Britain"s "massive" housing crisis, says Cameron

We HAVE to build on the countryside to solve Britain's 'massive' housing crisis, says CameronDavid Cameron made clear that greenfield sites would have to disappear for new homes to be builtAnd he said the Government would continue to push for the planning system to be speeded up to allow new development | UPDATED: 08:33 GMT, 12 December 2012 Controversial: Large areas of the countryside will have to be built on to solve Britain's 'massive' housing crisis, David Cameron said yesterday Large areas of the countryside will have to be built on to solve Britain’s ‘massive’ housing crisis, David Cameron said yesterday. The Prime Minister backed planning minister Nick Boles, who caused fury last month by saying the Government needs to concrete over an area of greenfield land twice the size of Greater London. Mr Cameron said it was not a target to build on 3 per cent more of Britain’s land – the figure outlined by Mr Boles – but he made clear that greenfield sites would have to disappear for new homes to be built.

Devout Christian murdered by Muslim ex-boyfriend after row over converting their daughter to Islam

Devout Christian murdered by Muslim ex-boyfriend after row over converting their daughter to IslamEsther Arogundade was stabbed 13 times by Shola Adebiyi at her Salford, Greater Manchester, homeAdebiyi tried to kill himself by drinking oven cleaner after killing his former partnerHe phoned his victim's new lover to say he would never see her again and then confessed the killing to a friendKitchen porter Adebiyi has been jailed for a minimum of 20-and-a-half years at Manchester Crown Court | UPDATED: 19:43 GMT, 11 December 2012 A Muslim man was jailed for life today for stabbing his devout Christian ex-girlfriend 13 times after they split following bitter rows about him wanting their young daughter to convert to Islam.

M6 carnage: One dead and 10 injured in horror motorway pile-up

M6 carnage: One dead and 10 injured in horror motorway pile-up on southbound carriageSmash occurred on southbound carriageway near junction 16 at Sandbach, Cheshire, shortly after 11.20amNine vehicles and 15 people involved in the crash Cheshire Police: Collision involved two vans, two HGVs and five carsFive people cut from the wreckage – two have life-threatening injuries | UPDATED: 18:49 GMT, 10 December 2012 One person has died and 10 people have been injured in a horrific nine-vehicle pile-up on the M6 today, police said.

Girl, 4, burned in fire accident

Girl, 4, fights for her life after her clothes were set alight by gas fireLittle girl's clothes believed to be ignited by applianceOfficers believe it is a 'tragic accident' | UPDATED: 12:03 GMT, 9 December 2012 A four-year-old girl is fighting for her life after her clothes were set alight by a gas fire. She suffered extensive burns to her face and body when it is thought she walked near to the appliance at a house in Bury, Greater Manchester, yesterday